Is a Corona vaccination still necessary? I have been infected - what should I do now? What are the risks associated with a Corona infection? And how can a "life with Corona" succeed safely? Although the pandemic situation is gradually receding from our everyday lives, the topic of Corona still raises many questions today.
In the search for answers, one repeatedly encounters misinformation, especially online, that is not easily recognized as such. Misinformation often spreads quickly in social media and leads to uncertainty.
Health Literacy: Low Health Literacy in Austria
A survey by the University of Vienna shows: Health literacy in Austria remains rather low - despite the enormously high focus of the health topic. In the period from 2020 to 2022, the health literacy of the Austrian population hardly changed. The greatest difficulties are seen in connection with assessing the influence of economic interests and the trustworthiness of health information from the Internet. However, independently weighing the advantages and disadvantages of treatments and dealing with psychological problems also pose a challenge for many. The easiest way for respondents was to follow the recommendations of their doctor or pharmacist.
Click here for the full study: Blog 148 - Health literacy in times of COVID-19 (univie.ac.at)
The abundance of information that pours in on us every day through various channels can lead to uncertainty - especially when it comes to medical and scientific topics that are difficult for laypersons to categorize. Therefore, always obtain your information from verified and reliable sources. To help you get comprehensive information about COVID-19 and the Corona vaccine, here is an overview of expert, reliable sources.
Top 7 reputable sources on the subject of Corona:
1 - Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (BMSGPK)
2 - Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES)
3 - Federal Office for Safety in Health Care (BASG)
4 - gesundheit.gv.at
5 - gemeinsamgeimpft.at
6 - GECKO-Berichte (Gesamtstaatliche COVID-Krisenkoordination Österreichs)
7 - Robert-Koch-Institut
If you have individual questions, contact the doctor you trust. Find out if a COVID booster vaccination is already recommended for you.
Also, do not hesitate to call the free consultation hotline of the AGES (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety) at 0800 555 621 for all questions regarding the coronavirus.